Many programs throughout the year assist
pre-health students with planning their academic schedules. The
Buddy System pairs freshmen students with full AED members, providing
the new students with a contact who has recently been in their
shoes. Also, freshmen can attend informal advising sessions with
upperclassmen that are held prior to registration periods. All
pre-health advising for upperclassmen is organized through AED
as well; programs are designed for those who are searching for
the right health school and beginning the complex application
Service involvement is a vital aspect of a pre-health student's
education. Many AED members are already involved with Furman's
Collegiate Educational Service Corps (CESC). In addition, AED
is working to establish several new service opportunities that
will involve chapter members in ongoing, medically-related projects.
More details will be forthcoming.
AED organizes many presentations by admissions representatives
from health schools. Practicing health professionals often speak
to AED members, candidly addressing topics such as the challenges
of residency, operating (no pun intended) a practice, and having
a family life outside of medicine. The National and State AED
Conventions are yet another resource for chapter members; these
conventions are held in alternating years and offer a wealth of
speakers who address current topics in health care.
Furman's AED chapter has won numerous national awards during its
history. Most recently, the chapter garnered recognitions for
the largest delegation to the 2002 National Convention and for
chapter activity over the last two years. While we are proud of
our successes, we anticipate great things for the 2007-08 school
year as we seek our goal of serving society through medicine.